Tributes pour in for racing legend Cecil
TRIBUTES from across the racing world have been paid to the legendary horse trainer Henry Cecil who has died after a long battle with stomach cancer.
The 70-year-old, right, was responsible for 25 British Classic winners and was crowned champion trainer on 10 occasions, having also enjoyed a series of landmark successes at Royal Ascot over the years.
Despite health problems, he enjoyed great success in his later years with Frankel – at one point ranked the best horse in the world – which remained unbeaten in 14 starts before retirement.
Legendary Irish jockey Mick Kinane, who rode several big race winners for Cecil, including the 1993 Derby, said he "was a lovely man to ride for".
"He had a great way of making you feel at ease even when the stakes were high," he said.
"It was fitting that he ended up with a horse like Frankel when he faced his biggest battle himself."
Another icon of the Irish racing scene, Pat Eddery, remembered his time riding for Cecil. "He was a genius and I was very fortunate to have ridden for him, and it's just really sad."
Fellow Irish jockey, Kieren Fallon, described him as a "legend".
Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh said he was "privileged to have ridden" for the Flat racing trainer.
tributes: sport, page 65